(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: The Angel City Football Club (ACFC) came away with the overall #1 pick, a very young and prominent high school Senior student-athlete, in the person of Alyssa Thompson, during the National Womens’ Soccer League (NWSL) recent draft of 1/12.
This is great news for the Team’s ownership, fan-base, and of course the team itself, as Thompson, already a “called-up,” utilized and experienced member of the U.S. Womens National Soccer Team (USWNT) and a Stanford University recruit, has decided to go pro instead of pursuing her collegiate career. Alyssa also has a dynamic and soccer talented younger sister, Giselle who is playing for the Wolverines of Harvard-Westlake High School, located in Studio City, CA. And many recruiters, college and pro, may be setting their sights on her as well.
ANGEL CITY FC DRAFTS ALYSSA THOMPSON AS OVERALL NO. 1 PICK IN NWSL DRAFT
LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2023) – Angel City Football Club (ACFC) has chosen forward Alyssa Thompson as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft. Thompson is the youngest player ever to be drafted in the NWSL and the first to be drafted straight out of high school. The Los Angeles native is currently a senior at Harvard-Westlake School, and will be an integral part of ACFC’s second season in the NWSL.
On deciding to go Pro….
“This was the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make, but in the end, I decided that it was the best for me. I worked really hard to get to the place that I am right now. Training with the full team and being in that environment [last preseason], I thought, ‘Wow, I can do this.’ And being able to play against the best in the world every single day—I couldn’t pass that up right now.”
On getting selected by Angel City…
“Being able to play in front of my family and friends is something that’s really important to me. I’m walking into an amazing organization where the fans are, I think, the best in the NWSL. They show up at every game and are just amazing. I know that this organization will make me a better player and continue to develop my skills.” # # #
–ABOUT ANGEL CITY FOOTBALL CLUB–
Angel City Football Club (ACFC), the 11th member of the National Women’s Soccer League, will take the pitch in Spring 2022 and call Banc of California Stadium in downtown Los Angeles their home. The team is founded by Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman, media and gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, and venture capitalist, 776 founder and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Freya Coombe will lead the team as the first-ever head coach and US Women’s National Team star, and LA-native Christen Press is the team’s first signing. Learn more about ACFC at www.angelcity.com and follow the team on social media @weareangelcity.